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Lifestyle Weight Management Programme

One of my personal challenges is food. I love food. All types of food.  Seriously, food speaks to me. EAT ME. Especially thick spicy Indian curries with loads of sauce on, and cheese, olives, French bread, you name it, every thing that I am not “supposed to eat” shouts out to me from the supermarket …

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN – Swimming Across the Channel

On the 2nd of September 2017, British ocean swimmer Deborah Herridge successfully completed a solo swim across the English Channel. During her three years of swimming training, she contracted severe pneumonia, putting her long time ambition at risk.  She spent three months in bed, could hardly walk up a flight of stairs and her health …

Female Cyclists with GRIT

Female cyclists are on their bikes and rolling This week saw the kick-off of the third year of the Urban Ultra Women’s Cycling League, further raising the profile of women’s cycling in the UAE. Aimed at heightening awareness of women’s cycling, achieving more media exposure and ensuring women’s cycling is well represented within the cycling …

What is Your Stress Coping Strategy?

How are you coping lately?  Feeling the pressure? All kinds of people experience stress, whether they are based in an office, in the home or on the road.  Do you have a coping strategy? You might have lists, “be looking on the bright side”, goals, inspirational Post-it notes, copious quantities of coffee, 20 cigarette breaks …

Is Your Brain Fit?

It is often said that having a healthy brain is not only vital to happiness and fulfillment in life, but also vital to success at work. A couple of previous employers of mine were under the impression that being very physically fit was part in parcel of performing well at work. This is partially true, …

Sea Swim Stings and Other Nasty Things

Imagine your first moment in the tropics you arrive at sunset to your triathlon and check out the blue lagoon or ocean where the dozing sun paints a pink hue all over… the white sand is turning a greyish-pink colour. You leave your luggage in the hotel, and stroll down to water’s edge, and let …

Jaws and Open Water Swimming

I have only ever seen small sharks while swimming or snorkelling. I have never had the privilege to see a large predator except while scuba diving. Sadly, my current swimming terrain is almost void of reef fish, never mind predators! For some open ocean swimmers around the world, sharks are a concern. I was reading …

Walking the Walk

See the photo of the clouds over sloping hills?  I ran up there a week ago, feeling on top of my training.  I returned home after a short break in South Africa during which I trained consistently, and then on my return, I “rested” for 6 days. One of the hardest things about being a …

Triathletes of a Certain Age

I am a Woman of Certain Age. I love that expression. It doesn’t say quite old you are, and gives you a certain je ne sais quoi as quite often you will meet women who could be anything from the age of 35 to 50. Age can be quite secretive and deceiving. So that is where I …

Plan your Tri – but try your Plan

A couple of years ago, I went to a very interesting talk on nutrition, held by Collin Allin. In view of an imminent half Ironman distance at the end of May, Dubai-based Tri coach Trace Rogers from Growings Coaching set up an evening for participants to receive advice on hydration and correct fuelling for this event. Collin Allin has participated …

Change Your Life with Triathlon

I am sure that there are many people that look in the mirror on a daily basis and wish their lives were different.  Perhaps it’s they suffer from depression, or an unsteady marriage, or a relationship that is unfulfilling, or a boss that that deserves to roast in hell, or a general unfit feeling and a desire to …

Hoo-Ha Matters on a Blazing Saddle

This is a topic of conversation that has come up quite a bit over the last few years, especially now the ladies cycling scene has really grown globally. Ladies are ditching their morning spinning classes for some time on the tarmac or trails, investing in team kit, buying bikes, renting bikes and forming female cycling …